Ryan: Pennsylvania Is ‘Not Something You Are Going To See Repeated’

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Robert Donachie Capitol Hill and Health Care Reporter
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Speaker of the House Paul Ryan threw cold water on the narrative that Tuesday evening’s special election in Pennsylvania is indicative of Republicans losing control of the House in the upcoming November election cycle.

“I think the candidate that is going to win this race is the candidate that ran as a pro-life, pro-gun, anti-Nancy Pelosi candidate. That is the candidate that is going to win this race. This is something that you aren’t going to see repeated because they (Pennsylvania) didn’t have a primary,” Ryan told reporters Wednesday morning. “You will have primaries in this other races and those primaries are going to bring candidates to the Left.”

“Both of these candidates ran as conservatives, I don’t think you are going to see that throughout the country,” Ryan said.

Ryan said he thinks GOP House incumbents and Republican candidates should focus this election cycle on selling the Republican victories in 2017.

“We have a great track record. Look at what is going on with the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. I think focusing on the accomplishments we have and how its improved people’s lives is something we should be focusing on,” Ryan said.

“First of all, we need to execute, we need to get our message and we need to make sure our candidates aren’t massively out raised and outspent on T.V. ads,” Ryan said. He also reiterated that both of these candidates were conservative.

The Pennsylvania special House race was too close to call as votes came in late Tuesday evening. Polls closed at 8 p.m. Tuesday evening with 99 percent of the votes counted.

The race featured Democratic candidate Conor Lamb, who lead by 95 votes over Republican Rick Saccone.

Ryan’s comments Wednesday claiming Lamb is a “conservative” candidate is interesting, considering Lamb lambasted Republicans for trying repeatedly to repeal Obamacare, claimed the GOP tax bill was a “giveaway” to the rich and supports the Manchin-Toomey background checks for gun purchasers.


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